Fun Indoor Activities For Kids

Fun Indoor Activities

Who says that being stuck indoors means you have to be bored?

When outside is just too wet, cold or even hot, participating in fun indoor activities for kids can be lots of fun. Planting them in front of the television all day does nothing to spark your kids’ creativity or imagination and it definitely doesn’t help with the child-parent bonding process. So keep this list close by for the next time you have to stay inside.

Make Cartoon Strips

Grab a pad of paper and something to draw with. At the bottom of the page, beginning at the left, draw anything you want like a dog, car – anything you want to put in motion. On the other pages, draw the image again and again and again with slightly different positioning moving towards the right of the pad. Repeat until you have reached the right of the pad. Next, fan the pages with your thumb and you will see the character move across the page.      

Use Your Eyes

Having too eyes is important as it gives us depth and distance perception. Each eye gives a different image to the brain which puts the two images together giving a better view of what’s around us. You can teach this to your kids with this activity. First, roll a sheet of paper into a tube and have your kid hold it up to an eye.

Instruct your child to put her hand next to the tube a few inches from his/her face and it will look like the hand has a hole in it. This happens because one eye sees a round image through the tube while the other sees his/her hand. When the brain puts the two pictures together, it looks as if there is a hole in your child’s palm.

Foot Volleyball

Tie a length of string or yarn across a 10 foot playing area approximately 1 foot above the floor. Separate players into teams of two and have them position themselves crab style. Determine which team starts the game by launching the balloon into the air for a teammate to kick over the string to the opposing team.

The ball goes back and forth over the string and if a team allows the balloon to touch the floor, the opponents receive 1 point and get to restart the game by serving the balloon. The first team to win a pre-determined amount of points wins.

Taste and Tell

Assemble small amounts of different types of food– sweet, salty, sour, bitter, bland, etc. Blindfold your child and have them taste each food and try to guess what it is. Another variation is to discuss the different tastes and have your child describe the tastes and say which his /her favorites are. You can also combine different foods and say how the foods taste when eaten together.

Scavenger Hunt

Another suggestion of fun indoor activities for kids is to have a player write a secret list of items that can be found in a room easily. 5 to 10 items is sufficient. The player then says the number of items he/she is looking for and the other players have 1 minute to find and gather the same number of objects. For every item on the list found, the player/s gets a point. You can limit the objects by shape or color to make it more interesting.

 

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Fun Indoor Activities For Kids

Fun Indoor Activities

Who says that being stuck indoors means you have to be bored?

When outside is just too wet, cold or even hot, participating in fun indoor activities for kids can be lots of fun. Planting them in front of the television all day does nothing to spark your kids’ creativity or imagination and it definitely doesn’t help with the child-parent bonding process. So keep this list close by for the next time you have to stay inside.

Make Cartoon Strips

Grab a pad of paper and something to draw with. At the bottom of the page, beginning at the left, draw anything you want like a dog, car – anything you want to put in motion. On the other pages, draw the image again and again and again with slightly different positioning moving towards the right of the pad. Repeat until you have reached the right of the pad. Next, fan the pages with your thumb and you will see the character move across the page.      

Use Your Eyes

Having too eyes is important as it gives us depth and distance perception. Each eye gives a different image to the brain which puts the two images together giving a better view of what’s around us. You can teach this to your kids with this activity. First, roll a sheet of paper into a tube and have your kid hold it up to an eye.

Instruct your child to put her hand next to the tube a few inches from his/her face and it will look like the hand has a hole in it. This happens because one eye sees a round image through the tube while the other sees his/her hand. When the brain puts the two pictures together, it looks as if there is a hole in your child’s palm.

Foot Volleyball

Tie a length of string or yarn across a 10 foot playing area approximately 1 foot above the floor. Separate players into teams of two and have them position themselves crab style. Determine which team starts the game by launching the balloon into the air for a teammate to kick over the string to the opposing team.

The ball goes back and forth over the string and if a team allows the balloon to touch the floor, the opponents receive 1 point and get to restart the game by serving the balloon. The first team to win a pre-determined amount of points wins.

Taste and Tell

Assemble small amounts of different types of food– sweet, salty, sour, bitter, bland, etc. Blindfold your child and have them taste each food and try to guess what it is. Another variation is to discuss the different tastes and have your child describe the tastes and say which his /her favorites are. You can also combine different foods and say how the foods taste when eaten together.

Scavenger Hunt

Another suggestion of fun indoor activities for kids is to have a player write a secret list of items that can be found in a room easily. 5 to 10 items is sufficient. The player then says the number of items he/she is looking for and the other players have 1 minute to find and gather the same number of objects. For every item on the list found, the player/s gets a point. You can limit the objects by shape or color to make it more interesting.

 

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